’Fiddler’ comes to local stageMany local residents are part of the Willow River Players upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof” opening this Friday night.
Many local residents are part of the Willow River Players upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof” opening this Friday night.
Playing the lead role of Tevye is George Gfall of New Richmond. Roberts resident Dawn Budrow is the leading lady of the show, playing Tevye’s wife Golde. Director David Frank is from Deer Park. Music Director Debi Orff of Stillwater is musical director.
Even though Willow River Players is based out of New Richmond, there are people in the cast from Hudson, River Falls, Stillwater, Roberts, Amery, Deer Park as well as New Richmond. There are 50 people involved in the show.
New Richmond area residents include Toni Brezina; Cindy and Robert Bauer; Camille Budrow; Jenna Cagle; Dayton and Zach Dodge; Eric Dyrud-Estrada; Gus Franchere; Braden Hanafee-Major; Kirsten Hansen; Jay, Melanie, Javen and Ariel Holzbauer; Ed Hougdahl; Carrie Kaup; Phillip Kraft; David Lee; Kevin, Allison, Anna and Nick Lee; Carolyn Morris; Kinsey Novotne; David, Jacob and Zach Postma; Ben, Ellen and Jessie Rayne; April and Kian Rohow; Ashley Sager; Caleb Schreiber; Samantha Sir; Anna Stark; Kathy Watters; and Elijah and Isaac Verdoorn.
The well-known musical is set in the early 1900’s Russian village of Anatevka, where a close-knit village of Jewish settlers are forced out of their homes and town by the Russian government. The main focus of the show is Tevye’s family and the struggle with the traditions of the Jewish faith, and the desires of the daughters who want to marry men not chosen by the matchmaker.
Willow River Players has put together a great show with 50 local residents to bring the classic tale to the stage.
“We held auditions in the spring and have been rehearsing during the summer. This works well when you do a show with not only adults, but also college, high school and grade school aged children. They have time to focus on the show before school studies, sports and other school activities fill up their evenings” states WRP President Chad Leonard. “Shows take a lot of time and many volunteers on and off the stage to make it all happen.”
Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are available at www.willowriverplayers.org or by calling 715-246-1028.